Services Database Provision of Emergency Hormonal Contraception Service Under Patient Group Direction (Stoke-on-Trent Area)

Service ID



Tier 1 Service
Pharmacists will provide individual information and advice to women seeking emergency contraception. Where appropriate the purpose of the service is to issue emergency hormonal contraception (EHC) – levonorgestrel 1500mcg or ulipristal acetate 30mg – under a Patient Group Direction (PGD) by an accredited pharmacist who has completed the training specified.

The service is in place for the female population of Stoke-on-Trent who are 16 years of age and over.

The client must be resident in Stoke-on-Trent and / or registered with a Stoke-on-Trent GP. However, as the efficacy of this drug is time limited, ethically speaking we would not expect the pharmacist to turn anyone away irrespective of postcode.

Tier 2 Service
Pharmacists will provide the Tier 1 service and additionally:

  • pharmacists will provide information and advice to women at risk of chlamydia infection on how to access the on-line screening programme within the target age group, 15 – 24 years; and
  • pharmacy staff to provide free condoms to C Card holders. (This applies to all C Card holders not just those seeking EHC).

Location of service

North Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent LPC


Local Authority (LA)

Method of commissioning

Local Authority contract

Source of funding

Local Authority (LA)

Service type

Emergency hormonal contraception

Other organisations involved


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Tier 1 Service
The accredited pharmacists delivering the service will have:

  • completed the CPPE distance learning packs on Emergency Hormonal Contraception;
  • completed the CPPE distance learning pack on Safeguarding; and
  • read the PGD for the service.

Pharmacists providing the service will also be expected to attend update training events organised by Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust (SSOTP).

Tier 2 Service
In addition to the above, the pharmacist must have read the additional information in the service specification or have received individual training from a Stoke-on-Trent City Council or an SSOTP representative.


This service is available in the Stoke-on-Trent area only.